#CoronavirusSA: Home Affairs receives PPE donation
06:17 Wed, 20 May 2020
#CoronavirusSA: Home Affairs receives PPE donation  | News Article
Deputy minister of Home Affairs Njabulo Nzuza on Tuesday received a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from AdaptIT, a company that provides specialised software and digitally-led solutions to its clients internationally.

The department of Home Affairs said the donation made up of face masks and thermometers is valued at R100,000. The equipment is set to be distributed to Home Affairs front offices as part of ongoing efforts by the South African government and the private sector in the fight against Covid-19.

Nzuza said the donation was “an important intervention” that will go a long way in managing the spread of the virus by ensuring the safety of the front desk officials who come into contact daily with clients. 

“We appreciate the donation we have received, in particular the screening equipment to enable us to screen members of the public who visit our offices for services during this time.

"This will protect our staff from contracting Covid-19 and also ensure that we are able to refer risky clients to the department of health and, thus, assist them in their efforts,” Nzuza said.

AdaptIT senior executive Siyabonga Msweli said they were honoured to be making an intervention in line with their social responsibility work in supporting government’s efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday night confirmed 22 more Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa, taking the country's death toll to 286.

By Monday night, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 16,433. This was an increase of more than 900 in the last 24 hours, Mkhize announced at the time. 

While the Western Cape remains the province with the highest infection rates at 10,035, the Eastern Cape, which now has 2,052 Covid-19 cases, is fast catching up with Gauteng, which has registered 2,343 cases to date, while KwaZulu-Natal has 1,567 confirmed cases. 

Infection rates in the Free State, which has 163 confirmed cases, Limpopo (88), Mpumalanga (76), North West (72) and Northern Cape with just 37, have still maintained low infection rates, the health ministry said on Monday.  

African News Agency

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